How Can We Fix the Lack of Diversity in Geosciences?

There is a lack of diversity in the geosciences and on contributing factor might be the lack of representation of diversity faculty. In addition to that the geosciences discipline tends to attract students that have had more exposure to the outdoors, which can be unfamiliar terrain for students depending on where they come from geographically. 

This page last updated 12 Aug 2019 - 9:26pm

Moving the Needle on Diversity in the Geosciences

NOVA interviewed a geoscientist to inquiry about the diversity gap within the geosciences. The geoscientist outlines reasons such as limited opportunities to take geoscience courses in high school as well as limited exposure to earth sciences knowledge through field trips, museum visits or outdoor activities. 

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Increasing Diversity in Geosciences

The geosciences have the lowest ethnic and racial diversity in all of the STEM fields and this might be related to students' sense of belonging. Underrepresented students in the geosciences are often faced with imposter syndrome and or stereotype threat, which influences how they perceive themselves in relation to their peers. 

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Teaching for Earth Resilience: A Strategy for Increased Diversity and Equity

Geosciences is one of the least diverse fields within STEM, therefore it is essential for geoscience educators to adopt a focus on earth resilience. Earth resilience promotes the empowerment of underrepresented communities by connecting URM students to culturally relevant curricula and networking opportunities for advancement in the field. 

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 1:50pm

No Progress on Diversity in 40 Years

There has been little change in the last forty years in the number of ethnic and racial minorities that receive doctorates in the earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences. This article presents statistical data of the lack of representation as well as recommendations to increase participation of ethnic and racial minorities in geosciences. 

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NSF-OEDG Manoomin Science Camp Project: A Model for Engaging American Indian Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

This is a case study of an NSF funded program to increase participation in STEM and geosciences for American Indian students. Culturally relevant practices were utilized such as the Circle of learning, a conceptual framework that emphasizes trust and relationship building between researchers, teachers, students and American Indian community members. 

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Effectiveness of Geosciences Exploration Summer Program (GeoX) for Increasing Awareness and Knowledge of Geosciences

Researchers participated in a week long field experience for high school students to increase the pipeline of diverse students into the geosciences major.  Surveys were conducted with students and their parents to understand what the participants had learned about geosciences. About 56% of respondents indicated an interest in majoring in the geosciences. Findings indicate that early exposure to the geosciences increases interest in the major.

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Broadening Participation in the Earth Sciences

Out of all the physical sciences, earth sciences has the lowest participation of underrepresented minorities. Past research on factors contributing to the lack of diversity in geosciences, has focused on inadequate teacher preparation, lack of relevance or undefined career path, isolation and alienation of students of color at predominantly white institutions. In the last forty years the number of minority geoscience graduates has remained stagnant.

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Characteristics and Culture of Geoscience Departments as Interpreted from their Website Photographs

Geoscience department websites are a public representation of the department and discipline. This exploratory study investigated the characteristics and culture communicated about geoscience depart- ments through their website photographs. Outdoor settings dominated in the website photographs. This may give the impression that geoscientists spend most of their time outdoors. Additionally, the outdoors may represent the most appealing aspect of geoscience work. Most people in the photographs were men.

This page last updated 20 May 2019 - 3:35pm

Mentoring, Social Capital, and Diversity in Earth System Science

Mentoring relationships are crucial in the development of student scientists. The purpose of this study was to identify the role of mentors in supporting career satisfaction among students in Earth System Sciences (ESS). Attendees of a national conference for Earth Sciences completed an anonymous survey with questions regarding experiences with an academic mentor, a sense of belonging in the community, and career satisfaction.

This page last updated 20 May 2019 - 3:30pm


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